Thread: Multi-Dimension Array Declaration...

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    Multi-Dimension Array Declaration...

    Hi, Im currently teaching myself c++ and translating some of my java programs, to ease the transition. Could anyone tell me how to translate the following piece of code

    int[][] myArray;
    public void doSomething(int[][] myArray)
          this.myarray = myarray;
    I've tried what i thought would be logical, in the header file having

    int myArray[][];
    then in the class file

    void ThisClass::doSomething(int array[][])
         myArray = array;
    But it wants the initial dimensions size when I try to compile it. Problem is, I wont know how big the array is, untill the method receives it.
    Last edited by HIM; 10-31-2006 at 04:06 AM.

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    Hurry Slowly vart's Avatar
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    you cannot declare static arrays without the size
    use some class suitable for your needs that provides an dynamic array support
    All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection,
    except for the problem of too many layers of indirection.
    David J. Wheeler

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    Yes, as vart suggested, you need to pack it in some kind of class.
    Other solution woud be to use vector of vectors of type int.
    Look at
    If you're interested i can give you a small code snippet...
    Gotta love the "please fix this for me, but I'm not going to tell you which functions we're allowed to use" posts.
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    Thanks for the advice guys. I decided to use a pointer to the address of the first element of the array, then make my own method to translate the standard myArray[i][j] reference, into a single increment for the pointer. This way means it'll be easier for my team mate on the project to deal with the array on his end...

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